Panhandle Girl Scout Gets Honored 'Gold Award' Years Later

By Keneisha Deas | kdeas@wmbb.com

Published 09/24 2016 09:53PM

Updated 09/24 2016 09:53PM

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle and members nationwide celebrated the centennial of the 'Gold Award'.
 
It's normally earned by high school girls, and it's the highest achievement for any member.
 
Today was extra special for Susan Granberg, who earned the award more than 30 years later.
 
"To get this is just an honor, because it just shows me and shows that the people that I work within the Girl Scouts, see that in me," said Granberg. 
 
She was on the brink of earning the award her senior year, having completed the requirements.
 
But, she felt she didn't deserve it.
 
"I didn't take the award. I told them no, I didn't do what I was supposed to do," said Granberg.
 
Despite being discouraged, she continued on with her "Take Action" project that's required for members to complete and receive the award.
 
She chose to tutor.
 
"I made an obligation to the Girls Club that I was going to do this. So no matter what the outcome was going to be, I needed to fill those obligations and so, to do the best that I was going to do," said Granberg.
 
That 'Girls Club' is now called Girls, Inc.
 
Some years later she's sharing the honor with Girl Scouts Jaclyn Weinell, and Mary Walters.
 
"It's one of those things that you talk about doing the entire time you're in Girl Scouts, and so it's pretty awesome to finally get it especially on the 100th year," said Weinell.
 
"I would say stick with it, it definitely gets difficult," added Walters.
 
"All those lessons taught me how to care about others and to fight through adversity, and be kind, and that's what Girl Scouts is all about...is serving your community and serving others besides yourself," said Granberg.
 
Granberg earned two of the same awards.
 
Her junior year she received what was then called "First Class".

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.